If a spill occurs on a paved or impermeable surface, clean it up using “dry” methods (absorbent materials, granular mix, rags). If the spill occurs on exposed soil, contain it by constructing an earthen dike, and dig up and properly dispose of the contaminated soil. If the spill occurs during a rain event, cover the spill with tarps or other material to prevent contaminating runoff, then remove the spill appropriately.
Material spills should never be hosed down or buried. Instead, use absorbent materials to clean the spills immediately. After use, these absorbent materials must be removed and disposed of properly – if the spilled material is hazardous, then the used cleanup materials are also considered hazardous. The transportation of hazardous materials must follow specific requirements under CFR 49.
Hazardous Spill Response Action Plans (HSRAPs)
Spills involving certain materials require notifying local and federal authorities. Failure to report accidental spills can result in fines and penalties from numerous agencies. Scott Environmental is experienced in generating site-specific Hazardous Spill Response Action Plans (HSRAPs), which include an inventory analysis of all hazardous materials, reportable quantities and associated reporting agencies.